Discombobulated Mess of a Start to 2012 MLB Season

The more I think about it, the more upset I get that MLB started the baseball season in Japan, then finally played another regular season game six days later. Then one game was played on Wednesday, seven games played on Thursday and nine games on Friday. Then today on the tenth day of the season, all 30 teams play on the same day for the first time.

In other words, 19 games were played before all 30 teams played on the same day. It all added up to a discombobulated mess to me. I have ranted long enough, since we do have major league baseball again. I didn’t think spring training would ever end.

Pena Spring Training Failure, Opening Day Hero

Carlos Pena of the Blue Jays had hit .107 in spring training with one homer and 2 RBI. He must have been saving it for the regular season, because he hit a grand slam homer in the first inning, then drove in the winning run, with a walk-off single in the ninth inning in a 7-6 Rays win over the Yankees. It looked the Yankees were set to win the game with Mariano Rivera coming in from the bullpen to try to hold the 6-5 Yankees lead. Instead he only retired one batter while allowing 2 runs, 3 hits and 2 walks as he blew the save for C.C. Sabathia and saw his ERA balloon to 54.00.

Looking at Stats

Yoenis Cespedes is the home run leader after having hit his second home run of the season yesterday. However he also leads in strikeouts with 5 strikeouts in 10 at bats….Rafael Furcal is the early season leader in hits with 6.

Dalton Trumbo is not adjusting to playing third base well for the Angels with 2 errors in 3 chances for a .333 fielding percentage. 

Yovani Gallardo had a nightmare of an outing for an opening day pitcher. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowed 6 runs, 7 hits, 5 BB and 4 home runs and left the game with a 14.63 ERA as the Cardinals pummeled the Brewers 11-5.

Team Stats

The Cardinals were 24th in runs scored during spring training, but lead the majors in runs scored with 15 after their first two games.

They also lead in hits with 29, doubles 7, tied with Athletics for home runs with 4 home runs each, batting average with a .377 mark, .623 slugging percentage and 1.072 OPS.

Reds, Phillies, Angels and Mets are only team to hold their opponents scoreless this season. The Phillies WHIP is 0.22, while they are holding opponents to a 0.71 batting average.

Games in progress at 2:14 ET

Nationals are leading the Cubs 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Adam LaRoche hit his first home run of the season in the game.

Mets are leading the Braves 3-0 in the fourth inning as the excellent Mets pitching continues. David Wright and Lucas Duda have hit solo home runs…. Jason Kipnis has hit a two run home run home run to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning against the Blue Jays.

Jamie Moyer will try for his 268 major league win as he takes the mound for the Rockies at 7:05 ET in Houston as he makes his 629th major league start.

 

Yahoo Sports is featuring Full Count this season, which shows highlights of games in action and will be also showing live look-ins at the games.

 

 

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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